November 28, 2005


MEMORANDUM 05-35

TO: Deans of Member Law Schools and Members of the House of Representatives
FROM: Carl C. Monk
SUBJECT: Schools Recommended for Admission to Membership in the Association

 

The Executive Committee has found that the Chapman University School of Law and the Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law have fulfilled and are capable in the future of fulfilling the obligations of membership in the Association as stated in the Bylaws and Executive Committee Regulations. The Committee therefore recommends that they be admitted to membership.

This item has been placed on the agenda of the first meeting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, beginning at 5:15 pm during the Annual Meeting in Washington, DC (Cotillion Ballroom, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel).

Chapman University School of Law
In recommending that the Chapman University School of Law be admitted to membership in the Association, the Executive Committee considered the report of the site team, including the Honorable Joseph Baca, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Professor Leonard M. Baynes, St. John's University School of Law; Professor Minna J. Kotkin, Brooklyn Law School; Professor Mildred Wigfall Robinson, Chair, University of Virginia School of Law; and Professor Arturo Torres, Texas Tech University School of Law. It also considered the correspondence and statement before the committee of Dean Parham Williams, and the affirmative recommendation of the Membership Review Committee.

The Chapman University School of Law is the descendant of Hesperian College, an institution that began operation in 1861; in 1934 it was renamed Chapman College. Chapman College moved to Orange County, California, in 1954 and became Chapman University in 1991. Chapman currently enrolls 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students at its main campus and has an additional 7,000 students at twenty off-campus centers in California, Washington, and Arizona. The School of Law admitted its first class in August 1995, and received full approval from the American Bar Association in August 2002. The current dean is Parham H. Williams, Jr.; he has served as dean since June 1997. The founding dean, who served from 1994 to June 1997, was Jeremy Miller, who remains on the faculty. The School of Law has 31 tenure and tenure-track professors. The Law School enjoys the active support of University President James L. Doti and the University Trustees.

This fall there are 556 students enrolled in the J.D. program. The Law School is now admitting students only for its day program. Although it previously offered a night division, it has not admitted students to that division since 2002 and is discontinuing the division entirely after this (2005-06) academic year.

The Executive Committee noted that the school has an outstanding physical facility and has developed a faculty with a strong commitment to teaching and scholarship.

Roger Williams University School of Law
In recommending that the Roger Williams University School of Law be admitted to membership in the Association, the Executive Committee considered the report of the site team, including Professor David Alexander Brennen, Mercer University Law School; Professor Barbara J. Cox, California Western School of Law, Chair; Professor Billie Jo Kaufman, American University Washington College of Law; Beverly Tarpley, Esquire, Abilene, Texas; and Professor Nina W. Tarr, University of Illinois College of Law. It also considered the correspondence and statement before the committee of Dean David A. Logan, and the affirmative recommendation of the Membership Review Committee.

Roger Williams University enrolls just over 3,600 students. The main campus, which includes the School of Law , is on Mount Hope Bay in Bristol , Rhode Island . The University maintains a Metropolitan Center in Providence , which also houses the School of Law clinical programs. The School of Law enjoys the active support of University President Roy J. Nirschel.

In 1992, Roger Williams College became Roger Williams University to reflect the addition of the School of Law , which matriculated its first class in 1993. The School of Law received full approval from the American Bar Association in February 1997. David A. Logan has served as dean since July 2003; the founding dean was Anthony J. Santoro, who later became President of the University.

The School of Law has 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty. At the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year, the school had a total enrollment of 608 students, including 97 in the part-time division. While the school began with dual divisions, the University Board of Trustees recently began a phase-out of the part-time division. The last such class was the one admitted in fall 2004.

The Executive Committee noted the strengths of the law school including a culture of scholarship that has yielded significant scholarly productivity, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and a capacious modern facility.

 


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